Russian neo-Nazi “Kornilovtsy” battalion operating in Ukraine

Unit members giving Nazi salute, one rifle bears 88 ("Heil Hitler") marking

2014/08/27 • War in the Donbas

The following pictures are of the “Kornilovtsy” Russian Attack Battalion operating in eastern Ukraine, along with insurgents bearing Russian Spetsnaz insignia with neo-fascist tattoos. The unit gets its name from a volunteer unit which fought in the Russian civil war on the side of the Empire, named after Lavr Kornilov, known for its Totenkopf insignia (also used by the Nazi SS). Its members are largely made up of neo-Nazis, as seen in the following gallery:

Three members hold the Russian imperial flag, used by far-right groups

Three members hold the Russian imperial flag, used by far-right groups

Tattoo of the 'Odal' rune, used by Nazi Germany and fascist groups today

Tattoo of the ‘Odal’ rune, used by Nazi Germany and fascist groups today

Left: Spetsnaz insignia and neo-Nazi runic tattoos, Right: Man in Russian military issue uniform

Left: Spetsnaz insignia and neo-Nazi runic tattoos, Right: Man in Russian military issue uniform

Skull and crossbones

Skull and crossbones

Runic writing and Spetsnaz ("Rapid Response Unit") insignia

Runic writing and Spetsnaz (“Rapid Response Unit”) insignia

Rifle with "Kuban 88" on the strap. The number 88 in skinhead culture means "Heil Hitler"

Rifle with “Kuban 88” on the strap. The number 88 in skinhead culture means “Heil Hitler”

Unit members giving Nazi salute, one rifle bears 88 ("Heil Hitler") marking

Unit members giving Nazi salute, one rifle bears 88 (“Heil Hitler”) marking

Photos courtesy of Anton Shekhovtsov, edited by Mat Babiak

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  • Dirk Smith

    So much for the Stalinist ‘Banderite’ “Nazi” narrative. LOL…

  • Mazepa

    9 of these katzap idiots just had their throats slice open 5 hour ago….
    We ALWAYS keep our promises. Smert mockalyam!
    Guaranteed.
    Praviy Cektor

    • Brent

      They should have swastikas carved into their foreheads so they cannot have an open casket at their funeral, or their “crying mama’s” will realize what they have been up to. Send as many of these scum back in bodybags on “Cargo 200”.

  • артем

    Russians can use any nazi symbols for good, its a good nazism, old school, before 1939 (see A. Migranyan)…

    • http://euromaidanpress.com Mat

      There is no “good nazism”

  • tga999

    How fucked in the head do you have to be to be a Russian (or Ukrainian) Nazi? I mean, what is going through their heads when they’re goose-stepping around their living rooms heiling Hitler, a man who tried to systematically exterminate the Russian and Ukrainian Untermenschen to free up Lebensraum for the German people?

    • Danny Gallo

      Like in the US somethings are much laughter, then again humans are just human

    • Jeff Oviatt

      millions of Russians and Ukrainians fought for hitler in actual ss units during the war. hitler didn’t want to kill the Slavic people he wanted to kill bolshevism! read a book that is not given by the American public schools. most germans have Slavic blood.

  • Danny Gallo

    Those look like Chechen fighters what a joke

    • Walter Salmaniw

      Do they really? They look like normal kids to me, and why do find this a joke? I find this deeply disturbing.

      • Danny Gallo

        Its a joke that muslim chechens can be nazis and be fooled to fight for Russia

    • http://euromaidanpress.com Mat

      I think they may be Bashkir

  • Mazepa

    Don’t be fooled…
    Chechen freedom fighters are the fiercest warriors on the planet. Only mockal cowards ‘fight’ while hiding behind the backs of women and children. That’s the only way moscow’s child molesters know how to defend themselves.
    Kaderov’s mercenaries are NOT the same as Chechen freedom fighters. No way, no how.
    Smert mockalyam.
    Slava Ukrayini! Slava Chechniyi!
    Slava Bohu.

  • Barry Soetoro

    Still less Neo-Nazi symbols than Azov Batalion.

  • Stephan La

    As a a German, i can say to you all, this is not an “SS Totenkopf” symbol, and there is no Nazi Tattoo. The “Totenkopf” Symbol looks different. If you want to see SS Runes, you have to look at Asov Bataillion. The 88 seems to be in relation with Lokomotive Kuban, a Kasach soccer team. And this people a Kasachs.

    • Jeff Oviatt

      as a nationalist I see that they are obviously nationalist. there is nothing wrong with it.

  • Truth Sayer

    And Obama want to support these right wing thugs?

  • https://www.youtube.com/user/fringewizard Fringe Wizard

    14/88

  • I’m Kevin

    This is confusing, not the article but the last picture. In the middle, the man does not appear to be in the Unit(Unless he is and just not wearing the uniform) is he also right-wing Ukraine? since Im aware that sometimes, even mixed people would join right-wing groups